Often you can sum up the collective actions of the Supreme Court under a particular chief justice with one word. The Warren Court always will be remembered as liberal, the Burger Court as pragmatic and the Rehnquist Court as conservative. The Roberts Court in its short tenure has already earned the moniker mean.
The addition of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito to the heartless duo of Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas has cemented a plurality for cruelty. If there’s a choice between casting a lot for the little guy or putting a foot on his throat, it’s a safe bet that these four will put on their jackboots.
Funny, I’ve never confused Clarence Thomas with Roland Freisler myself, but I guess that’s just my own naivete.